Directors’ Fit And Proper Policy

HeveaBoardBerhad [Registration No. 199301020774 (275512-A)]



1.1 The Board of Directors (“Board”) of HeveaBoard Berhad (the “Company”) and its subsidiaries (the “Group”) provide strategic leadership that influences the financial position and future direction of the Group. Directors are required to possess the competence, character, diligence, honesty, integrity and judgement to properly perform their duties, in tandem with good corporate governance practices.

1.2 Accordingly, the Group must prudently manage the risk to its business and financial standing; and ensure that all Directors are fit and proper. Clear parameters on the selection process of Directors are important in championing for qualified appointments at the leadership level.

1.3 This Directors’ Fit and Proper Policy (“policy”) serve to guide the Nomination Committee and the Board in their review and assessment of candidates that are to be appointed onto the Board as well as Directors who are seeking for re-election.



2.1 This policy is designed to:

a) set out the Group’s approach on the assessment of the fitness and properness of candidates that are to be appointed onto the Board as well as Directors who are seeking for re-election;

b) Improve the overall quality of Directors; and

c) Promote greater transparency on the criteria for Directors appointments.


3.1 The Board’s Commitment and Responsibility

In the application of this policy, the Board and Nomination Committee are primarily responsible to ensure that all Directors fulfil the fit and proper criteria and for conducting assessments of the fitness and properness of candidates to be appointed onto the Board and Directors who are seeking for re-election. For other key management personnel, decisions on appointments and assessments of fit and proper may be made by the Managing Director or designated personnel under the delegated authority of the Board and Nomination Committee.

The Board is committed to ensure that each person who holds a director position has the appropriate skills and experience in line with the role that they hold, and the Board will make all final determinations on the fitness and properness of the person.

3.2 Nomination Committee Responsibility

The Nomination Committee (with the assistance of the Company Secretary, where appropriate) is responsible for the assessment of existing Directors who are seeking for re-election or candidates for nomination or appointment as a Director of the Group, and making recommendations to the Board on these matters.

3.3 Company Secretary Responsibility

The Company Secretary is responsible for:

a) Ensuring that appropriate fit and proper assessments are carried out for each existing Director who are seeking for re-election or candidates for nomination or appointment as a Director of the Group;

b) Making submissions about any matters that are relevant to a particular assessment of a Director’s or candidates’ fitness and properness;

c) Providing information to the Nomination Committee on matters concerning the procedure for fit and proper assessments; and

d) Ensuring that the Group takes all reasonable steps to protect the information and documents collected for fit and proper assessments from misuse, unauthorised access, modifications or disclosure.


4.1 As soon as possible after a person is nominated or proposed for election or appointment to a Director or key management personnel position, the Company will make available to that person a copy of this policy and the details of the competencies and training required for the relevant Director or key management personnel. This policy will also form part of the induction process for all Directors or key management personnel.

4.2 The Group will also take reasonable steps to ensure that each Director or key management personnel is aware of, and fully understands this policy before any assessment of their suitability to hold a Director or key management personnel position is conducted.


5.1 In assessing whether a person is fit and proper to hold a director or key management personnel position, the assessment could be based on a self-declaration checklist and performance evaluation, resume and publicly available profiles and documents covering the following areas:

i. Character and integrity;

ii. Experience and competence; and

iii. Time and commitment.

Character and integrity

(i) Probity

        •  whether the person is or has been compliant with legal obligations, regulatory requirements and professional standards.
        • Whether the person is or has been obstructive, misleading or untruthful in dealings with regulatory bodies or a court.


(ii) Personal integrity

        • whether the person has perpetrated or participated in any business practices which are deceitful, oppressive, improper (whether unlawful or not), or which otherwise reflect discredit on his professional conduct.
        • whether the past service contract(s) (i.e. in the capacity of management or director) of the person had been terminated due to concerns on personal integrity.
        • whether the person has abused other positions (i.e. political appointment) to facilitate government relations for the company in a manner that contravenes the principles of good governance.


(iii) Reputation

        • whether the person is of good repute in the financial and business community.
        • whether the person has been the subject of civil or criminal proceedings or enforcement action, in managing or governing an entity for the past 5 years.
        • whether the person has been substantially involved in the management of a business or company which has failed, where that failure has been occasioned in part by deficiencies in that management.


Experience and competence

(i) Qualifications, trainings and skills

        • whether the person possesses education qualification that is relevant to the skill set that the director is earmarked to bring to bear onto the boardroom (i.e. a match to the board skill set matrix).
        • whether the person has a considerable understanding on the workings of a corporation.
        • whether the person possesses general management skills as well as understanding of corporate governance and sustainability issues.
        • whether the person keeps knowledge current based on continuous professional development.
        • whether the person possesses leadership capabilities and a high level of emotional intelligence.


(ii) Relevant experience and expertise

        • whether the person possesses relevant experience and expertise with due consideration given to past length of service, nature and size of business, responsibilities held, number of subordinates as well as reporting lines and delegated authorities.


(iii) Relevant past performance or track record

        • whether the person had a career of occupying a high-level position in a comparable organisation, and was accountable for driving or leading the organisation’s governance, business performance or operations.
        • whether the person possesses commendable past performance record as gathered from the results of the board effectiveness evaluation


Time and commitment

(i) Ability to discharge role having regard to other commitments

        • able to devote time as a board member, having factored other outside obligations including concurrent board positions held by the director across listed issuers and non-listed entities (including not-for-profit organisations).


(ii) Participation and contribution in the board or track record

        • demonstrates willingness to participate actively in board activities.
        • demonstrates willingness to devote time and effort to understand the businesses and exemplifies readiness to participate in events outside the boardroom.
        • manifests passion in the vocation of a director.
        • exhibits ability to articulate views independently, objectively and constructively.
        •  exhibits open mindedness to the views of others and ability to make considered judgment after hearing the views of others.



6.1 The fit and proper assessments on person within the scope of this policy document shall be conducted both prior to initial appointments or whenever the Group becomes aware of information that may materially compromise a person’s fitness and properness.

6.2 The Group must support the fit and proper assessments with relevant information in relation to the person being assessed. Where significant reliance is placed on information that is obtained from the person being assessed, and that information is material to the determination of the person’s fitness and properness, the Group shall take reasonable steps to verify the information against independent sources.

6.3 The Group shall have regard to the factors set out in Section 5 in assessing a person’s fitness and properness. The Group shall assess the factors individually, as well as collectively, taking into account their relative importance.

6.4 Failure to meet one factor on its own does not necessarily mean failure to meet the fit and proper criteria. The Group should consider the circumstances surrounding a person’s failure to meet specific factors, including the lapse of time since the occurrence of events, other contributing factors and the potential risks posed to the Group.

6.5 The assessment process will involve a good measure of judgement, which should be exercised objectively and in the best interests of the Group. The Group should consider that information relevant to such assessment may vary depending on the degree of an individual’s influence and responsibilities in the affairs of the Group.



7.1. The Nomination Committee should conduct a periodic review of the criteria to be used in the fit and proper assessment of Directors. The Nomination Committee should promptly communicate the new changes or amendments of the criteria to the Board and individual Directors.

7.2. The Board should disclose the application of the Directors’ Fit and Proper Policy of the Company during the financial year in the nomination committee statement in the annual report.



This policy was adopted by the Board on 27 June 2022.